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8 stages through the foothills of the Alps — Alpine Panorama Route

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8 stages through the foothills of the Alps — Alpine Panorama Route

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

298 mi

28,675 ft

28,675 ft

The Alpine Panorama Route takes you over breathtaking passes and through unique gorges through the northern foothills of the Alps. Starting near Lake Constance, you cycle along the edge of the Alps to just before Lake Geneva. On the way, winding climbs and rapid descents with grandiose panoramas await you. Snow-capped peaks in the distance and romantic forests along the way alternate with lush pastures. The moorland landscape of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch and the breathtaking Lake Lucerne are just some highlights that will enchant you along the way.

The Alpine Panorama Route is around 298 miles (480 kilometers) long and can be cycled in eight stages, which are between 28 and 50 miles (46 and 80 kilometers) long. The route through Switzerland is challenging due to the many meters of altitude difference. If you want to take it easier, however, you can easily cut the stages in half or shorten them by train or boat on Lake Lucerne.

The tour starts in St. Margrethen. The community is only a few miles away from Lake Constance and you can reach it by bike via the Lake Constance cycle path or the Rhine cycle path. There is also a railway station in the town, which is served by Swiss Interregio trains as well as various S-Bahn lines and Eurocity trains. St. Margrethen can also be reached directly from Bregenz in Austria and Munich in Germany.

Aigle, the destination of the Alpine Panorama Route, is located in the Rhone Valley not far from Lake Geneva. The town also has a railway station from which you have connections to Geneva and Lausanne. There are also stations along the route and in almost all destinations. A wide range of accommodation is also available along the route, both in the destinations and on the way. The rustic alpine restaurants, cozy guest rooms and charming cafés, which always invite you to enjoy breaks, round off the unique experience on the Alpine Panorama Route.

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    Difficult
    03:32
    28.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,725 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Alpine Panorama Route starts in St. Margrethen, which is only a few kilometers from Lake Constance. You can reach the community via the Lake Constance cycle path, the Rhine cycle path or by train.From the train station you drive a short, flat piece through the Rhine Valley to begin with, then you start with …

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  • Difficult
    04:41
    45.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,975 ft
    4,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Appenzell you cycle through a hilly landscape, which is characterized by pastureland and wooded areas. There are countless rustic farms along the way, one of which is more beautiful than the other. The route winds its way through the Toggenburg towards the west in constant ups and downs. On the way you pass through a few small places where you can find inns and grocery stores, if you want to strengthen yourself.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    41.9 mi
    8.3 mph
    5,150 ft
    5,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the start of the third stage, you will drive along the picturesque Linth on a very slightly ascending route. While you cycle near the shore, you can enjoy the wonderful nature on the river. You roll through romantic forests, cross extensive meadows and can always let your gaze wander over the glittering water to the mighty mountains.After 20 …

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    50.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    5,325 ft
    2,975 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From Flüelen you cycle on an almost flat stretch on the spectacular Axenstraße along the shores of Lake Lucerne. The road winds its way to the north, nestled against cliffs. In some places it is even carved into the rock. The views on the way are breathtaking, because you can see both the rocky coast and the wide expanse of water of the lake as well as the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

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  • Difficult
    03:17
    31.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,325 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the start of the fifth stage you cycle through the enchanting UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch south of the Schrattenfluh. Light forests and alpine swampy landscapes await you here. You then roll comfortably downhill through the valley of the Emme. You are always surrounded by fantastic landscapes, over which you can let your gaze wander into the distance.Shortly after Schangnau …

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    34.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first few kilometers of the sixth stage are flat until you dive into the Gantrisch Nature Park. First you overcome a moderate slope that brings you to Wattenwil. Here you can take a first break and gather strength for the most demanding ascent of the day.You work your way up a winding road. On the way, and especially …

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  • Difficult
    03:46
    34.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Freiburg you roll back down into the valley of the Sarine at the beginning of the seventh stage. After a subsequent steep ascent, it goes up and down again through the river valley and then through a lovely landscape to Lac de la Gruyère. Above the reservoir you cycle south along its entire length. You can enjoy unique views of the blue lake and the Freiburg Alps.

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    32.1 mi
    8.6 mph
    3,575 ft
    4,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the last stage of the Alpine Panorama Route, you continue through the enchanting landscape of the Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut Regional Nature Park. It goes steadily uphill from the starting point in Montbovon. Past alpine pastures you cycle up through deeply cut valleys.Finally you reach the Lac de l'Hongrin, which spreads out in front of you in bright blue. You …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    298 mi
  • Duration
    33:48 h
  • Elevation
    28,675 ft28,675 ft

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8 stages through the foothills of the Alps — Alpine Panorama Route